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NPL Best Mysteries of 2011

The Keeper of Lost Causes
The Keeper of Lost Causes By Adler-Olsen, Jussi (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY ADLER-OLSEN, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Recovering from a gunshot wound, Copenhagen Detective Carl Morck is assigned to cold cases and looks into the disappearance of a politician from a ferry.

The Real Macaw
The Real Macaw By Andrews, Donna (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY ANDREWS, D. Available now View Details

Annotation:Meg Lanslow finds her home filled with animals liberated from the local shelter after its no-kill policy is repealed, and then one of the animal rights activists is murdered.

A Drop of the Hard Stuff
A Drop of the Hard Stuff A Matthew Scudder Novel By Block, Lawrence (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY BLOCK, L. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:During Matthew Scudder’s first year of sobriety, an old friend in AA is gunned down while trying to complete the 12 steps by seeking forgiveness from those he wronged.

Now You See Me
Now You See Me By Bolton, S. J. (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY BOLTON, S. Available now View Details

Annotation:As police seek a serial killer patterning crimes on Jack the Ripper, one detective begins to suspect a connection to a constable with a mysterious past.

Naughty in Nice
Naughty in Nice By Bowen, Rhys (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY BOWEN, R. Available now View Details

Annotation:In 1933, Lady Georgie is sent by the Queen to retrieve a stolen snuffbox on the French Riviera, where she ends up modeling for Coco Chanel and being arrested as a murder suspect.

The Burning
The Burning By Casey, Jane (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY CASEY, J. Available now View Details

Annotation:The only woman on a murder squad investigating a serial killer who burns his victims bodies is assigned to look into the background of the latest victim who doesn’t quite fit the profile.

The Drop
The Drop A Novel By Connelly, Michael (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY CONNELLY, M. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is puzzled when DNA links a 1989 rape case to a sex offender who was only 8 years old at the time. Meanwhile, a city councilman insists that Bosch investigate his son’s apparent suicide.

Killed at the Whim of A Hat
Killed at the Whim of A Hat By Cotterill, Colin (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY COTTERILL, C. Available now View Details

Annotation:A Thai crime reporter reluctantly leaves the big city when her mother buys a rural resort, but her mood improves when two skeletons are found buried in a VW bus on a nearby farm.

Spider Web
Spider Web By Fowler, Earlene (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY FOWLER, E. Available now View Details

Annotation:As Benni Harper organizes an oral history project for the Memory Festival, the town is disrupted by a sniper which triggers flashbacks in Benni’s Vietnam veteran husband.

Dick Francis's Gamble
Dick Francis's Gamble By Francis, Felix (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY FRANCIS, F. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A former jockey turned financial advisor is shocked when a colleague is gunned down next to him at the Grand National, and he discovers a threatening note and some financial irregularities that may point to a motive.

V Is for Vengeance
V Is for Vengeance By Grafton, Sue (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY GRAFTON, S. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Kinsey Millhone ends up with a broken nose and two black eyes when she tries to stop a shoplifter who later dies in a suspicious suicide.

Misery Bay
Misery Bay [an Alex McKnight Novel] By Hamilton, Steve (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY HAMILTON, S. Available now View Details

Annotation:On Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, PI Alex McKnight is asked by a police chief who dislikes him to help his friend find out why his son apparently killed himself.

Dead by Midnight
Dead by Midnight A Death on Demand Mystery By Hart, Carolyn G. (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY HART, C. and more… All copies in use View Details

Annotation:Bookstore owner Annie Darling disagrees with the official ruling that one of her employees committed suicide.

The Woodcutter
The Woodcutter A Novel By Hill, Reginald (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY HILL, R. Available now View Details

Annotation:A woodcutter’s son who became a successful entrepreneur loses everything when he’s convicted of fraud and child pornography and plots revenge on whoever framed him.

Betrayal of Trust
Betrayal of Trust By Jance, Judith A. (Book - 2011 ) PAPERBACK MYSTERY JAN and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:The governor of Washington State asks J.P. Beaumont for help when a video of a girl being strangled is sent to her grandson’s cellphone.

The Boy in the Suitcase
The Boy in the Suitcase By Kaaberbøl, Lene (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY KAABERBOL, L. Available now View Details

Annotation:In Copenhagen, a nurse is asked by an estranged friend to pick up a suitcase from a train station locker, where she finds a drugged boy who doesn’t speak Danish and is being hunted for unknown reasons.

Northwest Angle
Northwest Angle A Novel By Krueger, William Kent (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY KRUEGER, W. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:During a houseboat vacation on Lake of the Woods, Cork O’Connor and his daughter are stranded on an island where they discover a dead girl and a live baby and find themselves hunted throughout the Northwest Angle.

Wicked Autumn
Wicked Autumn A Max Tudor Novel By Malliet, G. M. (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY MALLIET, G. Available now View Details

Annotation:A disillusioned MI5 agent becomes a vicar in an English village and helps the local police when a bossy woman is poisoned during the Harvest Fayre.

The Troubled Man
The Troubled Man By Mankell, Henning (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY MANKELL, H. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:As an aging Kurt Wallender worries about becoming more forgetful, he finds himself entangled in a case involving Cold War intrigue when a retired naval officer disappears after telling him about a submarine incident in Swedish waters in 1980.

The End of the Wasp Season
The End of the Wasp Season A Novel By Mina, Denise (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY MINA, D. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:DI Alex Morrow discovers a connection between the savage beating death of a woman found with a large stash of cash and the suicide of a disgraced financier.

Stealing Mona Lisa
Stealing Mona Lisa A Mystery By Morton, Carson (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY MORTON, C. Available now View Details

Annotation:In 1911, a marquis recruits a team of thieves to steal the Mona Lisa from the Louvre.

The Snowman
The Snowman By Nesbø, Jo (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY NESBO, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Norwegian detective Harry Hole seeks a killer who makes snowmen in the victims’ yards.

A Trick of the Light
A Trick of the Light A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel By Penny, Louise (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY PENNY, L. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:After opening a successful exhibit at a Montreal museum, an artist finds a body in her garden and Chief Inspector Gamache is called in to investigate.

The Complaints
The Complaints By Rankin, Ian (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY RANKIN, I. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Edinburgh DI Malcolm Fox investigates an allegedly dirty cop, who in turn is investigating the death of Fox’s sister’s abusive boyfriend.

New York to Dallas
New York to Dallas [an In Death Novel] By Robb, J. D. (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY ROBB, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Eve Dallas is forced to return to her hometown when a pedophile she caught years ago escapes from Rikers and taunts her by taking a new victim hostage in Dallas.

Ghost Hero
Ghost Hero By Rozan, S. J. (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY ROZAN, S. Available now View Details

Annotation:PI Lydia Chin and her partner Bill Smith are hired by an art collector to find out about rumored new works by a subversive Chinese artist who was killed 20 years ago in Tiananmen Square.

Heartstone
Heartstone By Sansom, C. J. (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY SANSOM, C. Available now View Details

Annotation:In 1545 as England prepares for war with France, the Queen asks Matthew Shardlake to look into a wrong done to a ward of the court which may be linked to the incarceration of a woman in Bedlam.

Echoes of the Dead
Echoes of the Dead A DCI Monika Paniatowski Mystery By Spencer, Sally (Book - 2010 ) MYSTERY SPENCER, S. Available now View Details

Annotation:When a dying man who served 20 years for murdering a girl claims he was coerced to confess, DCI Monika Paniatowski tries to discover the truth and clear the name of her old boss, Charlie Woodend, who conducted the original investigation.

Though Not Dead
Though Not Dead By Stabenow, Dana (Book - 2011 ) PAPERBACK MYSTERY STA and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Kate Shugak’s elderly uncle dies and leaves behind a cryptic letter reading “Find My Father”—a man who disappeared long ago with a priceless icon—sending Kate on a search pursued by dangerous adversaries.

Death of the Mantis
Death of the Mantis A Detective Kubu Mystery By Stanley, Michael (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY STANLEY, M. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Botswana Detective Bengu tries to determine whether three Bushmen found standing around a dying Park Ranger in the Kalahari were responsible for his death.

Lucifer's Tears
Lucifer's Tears By Thompson, James (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY THOMPSON, J. Available now View Details

Annotation:Helsinki Detective Kari Vaara deals with family matters along with two complicated cases involving the murder of a Russian businessman’s wife and the possibility that a Finnish war hero was really a collaborator.

Shut your Eyes Tight
Shut your Eyes Tight A Novel By Verdon, John (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY VERDON, J. Available now View Details

Annotation:Former NYPD Detective Dave Gurney’s attempts to retire are once again interrupted when he’s asked to look into the case of a bride beheaded at her wedding reception.

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